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About the Author
D.J. Molles has two published short stories, "Darkness" and "Survive," which won a short fiction contest through Writer's Digest. "The Remaining" and its follow up "The Remaining: Aftermath" are his first novels and have been met with overwhelming success. He lives in the southeast with his wife and daughter.
Christian Rummel is an actor and VO artist.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07GH266GP
- Publication date : October 23, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4334 KB
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- Print length : 500 pages
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- Best Sellers Rank: #45,395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This one starts with Lee Harden remembering an old girlfriend. They parted ways but that was four years ago before Harden became a Coordinator for Hometown. Before the world fell apart.
Present Day: Harden a dead Harden. Abe Darabie doing chest compressions on Harden. Julia the medic trying to bring him back. They had been ambushed and no one knew how the ambushers knew they were coming. A leak at Ft. Bragg is all they can think of. The trip to Alabama was known to only a few. The trip was to see if they could get fuel which they badly needed at Ft. Bragg.
They had to abandoned their two pick ups and head through the woods where a running battle saw Harden shot in the chest and killed. They made it to shelter. The ambushers were hot on their trail and Brian Tomlin saw them coming. He and Carl Gilliard headed out to draw them away from Julia, Abe, Nate and Lee.
They managed to bring Lee back and Julia and Nate took him out the back door with Abe going first. Brian and Carl continued to occupy the attackers.
Nate knew Primals would be attracted by all the gunfire so they needed a place to hide and right now. Abe took Lee's arm and order Nate to take point and get them across the road. They made it across the road but incoming fire wounded Abe and killed Nate. Jules and Abe took off with Lee.
Carl and Brian ran out of ammo and all they had were their knives. Guns pointed at them made that decision a bad one. A knife never could compete with a gun. Both Carl and Brian are taken prisoner. Carl would survive. Brian would not.
Jules and Abe found a basement in a split level house. Jules cleared the house and they got Lee inside. Lee would remain unconscious for three days.
Back at Bragg things aren't going well. They need fuel to keep planting crops to feed the people at Bragg. Some of those people are argumentative and flat out a pain to deal with. They call themselves the Lincolnists and anything they can do to make things difficult they will. They don't like the boxes of food they are give. They want fresh everything from Milk to meat to vegetables. Of course they won't be getting it.
Angela is the President of the New Eastern States, or NES. She sure as hell didn't want the job. She has her daughter Abbi to raise after Lee Harden saved their lives. But she is doing the best job she can. Unknown to her there are spys in Ft. Bragg who appear to work for President Briggs in Colorado. Briggs imagines himself as the new President of whatever is left of the USA.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Lee, Julia, Abe, Deuce who is Lee's very loyal dog, Carl a Carl who is let loose to let the others know not to come back, a Brian Tomlin who doesn't survive, a man name Paolo they meet who knows who the ambushers were, Primals who are changing, Sam a young boy Harden saved, a Sam who will save the day when the primals get inside the wire at Bragg, Claire the daughter of Colonel Staley who is in charge of security for Bragg, a Claire who is a traitor, a Claire who left a flimsy lock on the gate at the storm drain, a Staley who is going to have to deal with his daughter once he finds a Sat phone hidden in her room, a Sat phone with one number, a number Lee gave him from Alabama, Elsie Foster the leader of the Lincolnists who is also a traitor, a traitor who has something of Taylor Sullivan and nurse, a nurse with a son who's a rapist, Dr. Trent who took a primal body and discovered it was a juvenile and everything Lee told him was true, the primals are changing, an attack on Ft. Bragg by primals that cost the lives of several people, an attack through a storm drain that Claire had used to meet with young folks, a Sam who gets to Angela and Abbi, an Abbi who is bitten but doesn't change, a Lee who takes the attack to the ambushers, an ambush that is successful until truck loads of the bad guys show up, a Lee who is now certain there is a traitor at Bragg, an unexpected group that helps lee, and old friend named Tex who has a tank and Lee Harden doing his best to deal with his inner demons, save who he can, get fuel to Ft. Bragg, survive and stay alive.
Five Stars and then some. Waiting for number 2
This is Molles tried and true style. It’s a narrative filled with survival, military tactics, and power plays. I was a bit put off by some of the nightmare sequences Harden has in his sleep. Yet, I did think the multiple POVs in this one was intriguing, especially when the reader is put in the mind of one of the primals.
Overall, this is a good continuance to the original story arc. There are some flashbacks to provide background and to help readers remember some of the key past conflicts, but I would say it is necessary to read the first series to understand the characters and situations fully.
I am most excited that Lee Harden and company have returned. The Remaining was one of the most engrossing and compelling series that I've ever read, and it stands out as an island amongst the preponderance of post-apocalyptic zombie media. The new series is set a few years in the future from the finale of The Remaining. Lee, Angela and many others have helped to form the United Eastern States, based out of Fort Bragg, NC. They have been able to attain a more comfortable lifestyle, though the world is still fraught with danger, both from evolved infected, and other humans, particularly those under the command of President Briggs. Fuel, however, is in short supply, so Lee and a team are dispatched southward, toward the coast, to see about finding some. The tale that follows is just the kind of fare we've come to expect from D.J. Molles: breathless, exciting, violent, and wild. Not only exciting, the plot also has a fair amount of depth, with more than one story thread. The perspective changes frequently between threads, and they are all exciting and will leave you wondering what happens next. Unfortunately, the ending is quite abrupt with little in the way of resolution (just like the books in The Remaining series!), so if you are like me, you won't be able to wait until book 2 of the series is released.
Harden makes use of many returning characters, and also some new ones. Characterization is handled deftly, as you would expect from the author. In particular, Molle masterfully delves into the psyche of the characters and how they feel about and respond to living in such harsh and extreme conditions. I thought the balance of introspection to action was perfect in Harden. Several of The Remaining books were too heavily steeped in conveying the psychology of the characters, but Molles handles it perfectly in Harden. Molle is also not afraid to kill off major characters, which really keeps the reader guessing as to what is going to happen, because no one is untouchable.
If you enjoyed The Remaining, then continuing on with Harden is a requirement! Bravo to Mr. Molle for crafting such a well-written and exciting storyline. Looking forward to book 2!
Top reviews from other countries
Unfortunately, this Lee Harden book lacks something of the Remaining. Lee is now more introspective and fragile. He picks up wounds like Keo from the Babylon books and although does seem to suffer more and recover more slowly, is still superhuman by normal standards. Why stop picking a fight just because of your collapsed lung?
The Fort Bragg set up is quite interesting as is the espionage aspects. The evolution of the Primals is streets ahead of all equivalent zombie-ish books.
I wish the sequel was out as I finished this book, because I want to see Lee mete out justice and save the day...as usual.
Will I follow the new series? Very likely. However, I hope the author will employ the services of a proof reader to reduce the number of typo and grammatical errors. In particular, would he stop using the expression "OFF OF". This is grammatically incorrect and grossly annoying. You fall "off " a tank, a wall or whatever NOT. "OFF OF" a tank, a wall or whatever!!!!!!!